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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

IT will be the end of an era in Dogsthorpe with the clo­sure of the neigh­bour­hood man­age­ment cen­tre, but work is al­ready un­der­way to pro­vide a new com­mu­nity hub.

Fol­low­ing the end of Govern­ment fund­ing for the Greater Dogsthorpe Part­ner­ship (GDP), the cen­tre in Cen­tral Av­enue, which has been the GDP’s home for the last four years, will close at the end of June.

But work has started to trans­fer some of the ser­vices to the new John Mans­field Cen­tre, on the site of the for­mer John Mans­field School, in Western Av­enue.

Cate Hard­ing, neigh­bour­hood man­ager for Dogsthorpe, said: “The of­fices at 76 Cen­tral Av­enue have been the hub of the com­mu­nity for the last four years and we know res­i­dents have ap­pre­ci­ated the ser­vices of­fered at the cen­tre.

“While it was a very hard de­ci­sion to make, we are de­lighted that we can look for­ward to the John Mans­field Cen­tre be­com­ing the com­mu­nity hub for this area in the fu­ture.”

Peter­bor­ough Col­lege of Adult Ed­u­ca­tion al­ready runs classes at the John Mans­field, but new build­ing work to fur­ther im­prove the cen­tre is ex­pected to be­gin in De­cem­ber and be com­pleted by March 2011.

This comes af­ter Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil stepped in to pro­vide £1.44 mil­lion to fund the re­vamp af­ter a fund­ing bid by the GDP to the East of Eng­land Devel­op­ment Agency fell through in April 2009.

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